Bill aimed at opening up private land for more recreational use clears committee

Bill aimed at opening up private land for more recreational use clears committee

For three consecutive legislative sessions, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) has been fighting an uphill battle for his House Bill 544 and Tuesday that effort was reignited with the legislation clearing the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee along a party-line vote.

 

The bill is aimed at increasing recreational activities on private land by expanding the current Recreational Use of Land and Water Act—a law limiting liability for private landowners who open up their land to certain recreational uses free of charge—by covering improvements on the land and opening up the land, according to the legislation’s cosponsorship memo, "all recreational activities undertaken for exercise, education and pleasure, including snowmobiling and ATV and motorcycle riding."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Proactive agenda ahead for House Gaming Committee

Proactive agenda ahead for House Gaming Committee

Coming in with a total of 26 public hearings in 2015 the House Gaming Oversight Committee holds the studious title of most public hearings held this legislative session. While covering topics such as how to keep Pennsylvania casinos competitive, small games of chance improvements, and fantasy sports, the committee has left almost no gaming topic stone unturned.

To detail what the committee has in store for 2016, Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin) spoke with The PLS Reporter about what to expect.

Friday, January 22, 2016/Author: Trevor Monk
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Rank-and-file Republicans challenge Gov. Wolf on “agreed-to” budget lines

Rank-and-file Republicans challenge Gov. Wolf on “agreed-to” budget lines

Saying they are offering a “lifeline” to social service organizations and public schools, Representatives Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Dan Moul (R-Adams) announced today they are introducing as separate bills the 274 budget line-items they say Republicans and the administration agreed to, but were vetoed by the governor.

According to a news release from the two members, the 274 lines will be introduced in 12 separate appropriations bills.

The legislators said Monday that the rationale for this tactic is clear: these organizations need the money and the legislative math is in their favor.

“Although, of course, we are still in the process of negotiating a budget with the governor, we don’t need to be doing it while holding our human service agencies, and school districts, and school children as hostages,” Rep. Bloom told reporters during a Monday morning press conference.

Monday, October 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf waives background check fees for volunteers

As the House continues to advance legislation that would significantly alter the background check provisions of a 2014 child protection law, Gov. Tom Wolf took care of one of the issues some took with the legislation and waived background check and child abuse clearance fees for volunteers working with children.

The $10 fee for those employed to work with children has been reduced to $8 under the governor’s order.

The changes will become effective July 25, 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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